Man kills father during disagreement over stick of cigarette
The Edo State Police Command yesterday paraded a 22-year-old man, Bestman Momodu, who allegedly killed his father, Zuberu Momodu, with a machete during an argument over a missing stick of cigarette in the house.
The suspect, who admitted the offence, said he regretted his action.
He was paraded alongside 67 other suspected criminals by the Commissioner of Police, Folusho Adebanjo.
Asked what led to the murder, Bestman said it was a quarrel he had with his father and did not know what came over him before he took the action that led to the father’s death.
“I stole a cigarette from him, but as we were quarrelling, I mistakenly took a cutlass and cut him. We are five in the family and I am a labourer. After it happened, I did not run because it was a mistake. It was the community that arrested me. I was told my father died of the cut but I could not attend the burial.”
Adebanjo also paraded one Endurance Igbinovia, who was accused of falsely obtaining N400,000 from young men, posing to be a former Commissioner of Police in the state, promising his victim that he would employ, what he termed, “boys” into the Nigerian Customs Service”
Among other suspected criminals paraded were armed robbery suspects, alleged rapists, suspected kidnappers, unlawful possessors of firearms, child defilers, cultists, car snatchers among others.
He said a total of 17 assorted guns were recovered, as well as 48 live cartridges, three vehicles, a motorcycle, battle axe and cutlass.
“We paraded 46 suspected criminals last few weeks and today, we are parading 68 suspected criminals. This is the beginning of the ember months and we all need to work together.
“The press must brief the people about the ember months because as we all know, these are times that criminals want to reap where they did not sow.
While all of us are sweating and working hard to eke out a living, they want to dispossess us of our sweat,” he said.